Banner: Yash Raj Films
Producer: Maneesh Sharma
Director: Sharat Katariya
Cast: Anushka Sharma, Varun Dhawan, Raghubir Yadav, Yamini Das, Manukriti Pahwa, Namit Das, Puja Sarup
Writer: Sharat Katariya
Music: Anu Malik
We have seen several films in the recent past set in semi-urban India. From tackling social issues to slice-of-life dramas, these films have covered the gamut of human emotions, characters and stories. With Sui Dhaaga - Made In India, Sharat Katariya brings back the same flavour and feel.
Mauji is a happy-go-lucky guy whose mantra in life is ‘sab badhiya hai’. He lives with his parents and wife Mamta. He works in a sewing machine store and for a few bucks doesn’t mind being teased and insulted by his boss and son. But when Mamta finds out about how her husband is treated, she is heartbroken. She suggests that Mauji start something of his own. He belongs to a family of weavers and tailors. Not just him but the community that he lives in was into handicrafts too.
But circumstances forced them to look for better jobs. Mauji on Mamta’s suggestion decides to set up a sewing shop in the street market. During this time, Mauji’s mother suddenly takes ill. She is detected with blockages in her heart. For her stay in the hospital, Mauji designs a hospital gown which becomes a hit with the other patients. With the demand for his creation, Mauji and Mamta are excited and think that things will now fall into place for them.
That does not happen. Instead, they end up selling their design to Bedi Creations, a fashion company and become employees there. Things seem to be going okay when Mauji realises that he has been cheated by the fashion company. In a fit of anger, he quits and Mamta follows him. In their short tenure at the fashion house, they learn about Fashion Fund, a competition for designers. They decide to participate. Though Mauji’s father opposes them, they somehow manage to get together all the artisans and make clothes for the competition. And of course they win, thus setting the ball rolling for a better future.
Written and directed by Sharat Katariya, Sui Dhaaga is a simple story told beautifully. There are several factors that work in favour of the film. First is the casting. All the actors including the lead pair have been perfectly cast. The look of the film is as authentic as it can be. From the clothes of the actors, to make-up, to locations, everything is subtle, simple and real.
The music is another plus for the film. The slightly Western classical background score by Andrea Guerra is an absolute contrast to Anu Malik’s Indian orchestrations. It is wonderful to hear tracks that are devoid of any frills and that celebrate the words brilliantly written by Varun Grover. Chaav Laga and the title track stand out. Anil Mehta through his camera work captures the surroundings effectively, be it the streets of Delhi, the long dusty roads on the outskirts or the stylish runway, every path that Mauji and Mamta take, have been presented authentically. There are no complex angles, no tricks; just plain storytelling.
Of course, there are few things that are not perfect. The scene where there is frenzy in the hospital for Mauji’s own design is a bit over-the-top. Also the speed at which Mauji and Mamta achieve success is unreal. From being ordinary tailors to becoming world-class designers seems a little far-fetched. But given that this movie is about celebrating the underdog, these dramatics may be ignored.
Performance-wise, all the actors in the film stand out. They embody their characters perfectly. Varun Dhawan as Mauji is a treat to watch. He captures the innocence and the angst of his character beautifully. His scenes with his father and Mamta are well executed. Anushka Sharma as Mamta is the soul of the film. She embraces not just her de-glam look but also the essence of her character. Even in the final scene, when her look is completely different, we do not see Anushka Sharma, we see Mamta.
It is wonderful to see the talented Raghubir Yadav. As Mauji’s father, he brings the right amount of humour and pathos to his role. Yamini Das plays Mauji’s mother. The manner in which she has managed to bring alive the worries of a mother is fantastic. All she does are her daily chores and not for once do you feel that she is playing a character. Manukriti Pahwa as Mauji’ sister-in-law Kumud, Namit Das as her brother and Puja Sarup as the owner of Bedi Creations play their parts well, along with able support from the rest of the cast.
Verdict: Don’t miss it!